The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush and floss daily, and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention—preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage, which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
Our team strives to make your routine exams as comfortable as possible, and we want you to know that a dental visit is not a scary process! Your dental exam will begin with a routine examination of your teeth and gums. Your hygienist will be searching for signs of plaque, tartar, tooth decay, gum puffiness, or discoloration of the teeth and gums. These are all signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Most of these symptoms can be avoided with daily brushing and flossing, and caught early if you attend regular exams. This will allow your dentist to address any dental issue well before more serious treatment is needed.
Pediatric Dental Checkups
It is extremely important that kids begin seeing the dentist regularly at a young age. Instilling healthy habits early, such as daily brushing and flossing, and visiting the dentist twice a year, is critical in providing children with the foundation for a long-lasting, healthy smile. Bringing children to the dentist early on can also prevent dental phobias from developing. Our friendly reception team, hygienists, and dentists do our best to make your child’s dental visits fun and engaging.
Digital Dental X-Ray
Digital dental X-rays are a critical component in preventative dentistry. Digital X-rays provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. A dental X-ray may be used to identify the development of cavities, oral pathologies such as tumors or cysts, or wisdom teeth growing beneath the gums (which often leads to their removal). By visiting your dentist twice a year for routine dental checkups, these problems can be addressed using minimally invasive techniques before they become a larger oral health issue.
Today’s dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable, and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on an LCD monitor. Digital X-rays also reduce radiation by up to 90%. Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures, and discolorations in the teeth are captured in clear, sharp photographic images taken with a 35 mm or digital camera.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
Laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes, and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter, and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening—at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free, and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers, and heavy drinkers.
Schedule your preventative checkup at Silverman Dental in Annville, PA today!
If you have not visited the dentist in the past six months, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our office for your next checkup. Our team of friendly and skilled hygienists and dentists will ensure that your dental health and smile are protected for years to come!